The new Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 detachable notebook is Dell’s first laptop featuring magnetic resonance-based wireless charging.
Look Ma, No Wires
Dell is billing the new Dell Latitude 7285 as a device that can be completely free of wires. When placed on an AirFuel –compatible charging surface, this device can charge without needing a power cord. It uses WiTricity’s magnetic resonance-based wireless charging technology to make this happen.
With WiGig wireless technology, the Latitude can also use wireless docking stations, therefore making it truly wire-free. (Dell’s Wireless Dock with the WiGig technology currently goes for a pricey $270.)
As a device, the Dell Latitude 7285 is what we call a detachable, where the screen portion can be fully detached from the keyboard base and operate as a tablet. The tablet portion is where the computer itself is located; the keyboard is mainly just a keyboard, but can host other functionality, such as a built-in battery in at least one of the Latitude’s keyboard dock options.
The Latitude 7285 features a 12-inch display with a 3K resolution. It uses Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) panel technology to deliver unlimited viewing angles, a mandatory feature on a tablet. From what we’ve seen, we like the fact the screen is nearly borderless, at least on the sides. Based on its screen size, the Latitude 7285 should be physically comparable to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. It looks like the Dell has a 3:2 aspect ratio display as well, which is ideal for tablets.
For processing power, the Latitude 7285 uses Intel’s “Kaby Lake” Core-series processors with vPro technology for remote management. Other specifications, such as memory (RAM) and storage options, haven’t been announced, but we aren’t expecting anything groundbreaking in that area. At least 8GB of RAM should be available, and storage options up to 1TB – we hope.
Something that hasn’t been stated is how long it takes to charge the Latitude 7285 wirelessly. At least the tablet portion appears to support charging via traditional cabled setup.
Aside from its wireless charging, the Latitude 7285 probably wouldn’t make headlines, as it’s another 2-in-1 device in a sea of 2-in-1 devices. It should go head-to-head with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablet and the Huawei Matebook when it comes to market.
The First All-Wireless Notebook? Not Quite …
Although the Latitude is likely the first 2-in-1 device to feature wireless charging and truly be wire-free, it’s not the first notebook to make the claims.
Dell almost outdid themselves here, as back in 2010, the company’s halo Latitude Z notebook claimed its spot in the history of computing as the first truly wireless notebook. Like the Latitude 7285, it too supported wireless charging. It also had wireless docking well before the modern WiGig technology was announced. The Latitude Z we tested went for a whopping $3,591.
(Take a look at our feature for more blasts from the past: the Top 10 Iconic Notebooks that Changed Mobile Computing.)
Dell Latitude 7285 Pricing and Availability
The Latitude 7285 is slated for availability in June 2017. Pricing hasn’t been announced.